When observing your surroundings, 80% of what you perceive is through sight. Therefore, as one of our most important senses, excellent eye health is crucial. With regular eye appointments with a qualified optician, we can spot early signs of health risks before they get too serious.

It is always important to inform your optician if you are ever concerned about your eye health. Below are a few eye symptoms to be aware of, which can warn you of health problems:

Blurry Vision

If you experience blurred vision, consult a medical professional for an eye examination as soon as possible. Although it may not be anything to worry about, it could also be an early sign of a stroke, lupus, migraines, preeclampsia, psoriasis affecting your eye or a brain haemorrhage.

Blurred vision can also be an early sign of Diabetes. The high levels of blood sugar you experience when diabetic can cause your eye lens to swell and lead to blurred vision. It may also occur if you have extremely low blood sugar levels. Once your blood glucose levels are rebalanced, your vision should return to normal.

Optic nerve inflammation can also cause blurred vision. This is when your optic nerve transports impulses from your retina to your brain, where they are mistaken for images. You may experience this as an early sign of multiple sclerosis, or if you have shingles, syphilis, herpes, mumps, measles, Lyme disease or cat scratch fever.

Night Blindness

If you struggle to see in low light and find it difficult to avoid bumping into things during the night, it could be a signal. Night blindness can sometimes be a symptom of a vitamin A deficiency, diabetes or specific eye diseases, such as retinitis pigmentosa or glaucoma.

Eye Rings

A white or yellow ring forming around your irises, is quite common among older generations. It could be a sign of high triglycerides or – most likely for those aged 45 and below – high cholesterol.

Bulging Eyes

If you notice your eyes are bulging, it may be due to an overactive thyroid gland, sometimes triggered by Graves disease. This will cause the tissues behind your eye to swell and can also cause headaches, eye pain, decreased or double vision. Other reasons for bulging eyes – which are less likely – are infections, cancer or leukaemia.

Contact Lenses

For those who wear contact lenses, it is advised to watch out for white spots on your cornea. Your cornea is a transparent layer which sits at the front of your eye. If you do notice white spots, it could possibly be a sign of a corneal infection.

Booking Your Eye Appointment

Your eyes can say a lot about your health, so it is important to attend regular eye appointments with a qualified optician. In many cases, certain eye symptoms can be a result of stress, lack of sleep, too

much screen activity, eye strain and such. However, it could also warn a more serious health problem. Therefore, do not ignore it.

At Dominic Tunnell Opticians, we provide a high level of expertise in eye health. We provide a bespoke service to each of our patients, to ensure you are receiving the best care possible. With state of the art testing equipment, advanced technology and highly skilled opticians, you can feel safe in our care.

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